Have COVID-19 vaccine guidelines changed related to pregnancy?

On August 11, the CDC updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding to recommend that all people aged 12 years and older who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, or who may become pregnant in the future receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 as compared to non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect pregnant and breastfeeding people against severe illness from COVID-19.

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. This data suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

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To speak to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, you can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday–Friday 8am–5pm (local time).

To reach MotherToBaby:

  • Call 1-866-626-6847
  • Chat live or send an email MotherToBaby
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